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Beatles’ White Album Turns 48

| November 22, 2016 | 2 Comments

the-beatles-white-albumOn November 22, 1968 the Beatles released their 9th official album, the eponymous 2-record, 30-song masterpiece known as the White Album. The recording of it took place after the Beatles’ retreat to India where they studied transcendental meditation with the Maharishi. Even though the trip was fraught with drama and each Beatle bailed at different times on what was to be a three-month study, some of their best songs were written there.

The White Album was recorded at Abbey road studios, used new 8-track recording equipment, and was the first release on their own Apple label. The entire project marked a period of turmoil, with Ringo Starr quitting the group for a brief time during the sessions, leaving Paul McCartney to sit in on drum duties for some of the songs. It was also the first time Yoko Ono had made an appearance in the studio, when recording sessions had previously been an insular experience for the Fab Four. To add to that, McCartney’s then-girlfriend, Francie Schwartz, was also present for some of the sessions.

Regardless of the discord, howeer, the White Album was the first to really emphasize the individual styles of the group’s members, and gave us such gems as “Blackbird,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “I Will,” “Back in the U.S.S.R.” “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and “Dear Prudence.” It became the Beatles best-selling albums in the U.S. with over 19 million sold.


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  1. I just finished working up a killer solo jazz version of ‘All My Loving” and then turned on the computer to find this Beatles tribute to the white album, one of the most influential of deeper grooves from them.
    They are the reason I am still doing this for a living 42 years later, such is the power and beauty of their music and individual lives
    Can you find out more about that killer Symphonic extravaganza of Eleanor Rigby Paul’s been playing on his XM radio show ” Band on the Run Radio? xm ch 27
    gratitude to Lydia for doing this! , SGW

  2. Lisa says:

    Hey thanks for yet another nice and good post. Where do you find your inspiration for all this?

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